We’re surely developing, but at a rate we can far outpace. Thanks to the efforts of our PM Narendra Modi and his team, most of the critical infra India needs today have been pipe-lined by the Government in our bid to outpace the current rate of development.
1. Roads with painted lanes and reflective markers.
The structure of roads often decides the lifestyle of a city they say. Whether a neighbourhood looks elegant or greasy, it can certainly have a significant facial uplift the moment the arterial roads of the region have a conspicuous lane marking system and embedded light reflectors. The city and highway driving experience is meaningfully enhanced and road safety increases.
2. Pedestrian subways and/or overpasses.
We’ve got a dearth of these in even the biggest cities of our Country. Wide roads of such cities are seen with hordes of people crossing onto the other side. It’s a daily hazard, and many lives are a lost on a daily basis in freak accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles.
3. Elevated Freeways.
The whole idea is to practically hi-speed ‘fly’ through the city. These freeways serve to join distant areas of a city without compromising on time and safety. We need towns to feed the highways, not the highways to pass through towns and become local roads. Most of our highways pass through major cities. Most also have bypasses made to by pass the city traffic. Elevating the highways through such cities is an option that has worked best with western nations. It ensure fast travel along with a choice of exiting the freeway into the city at will which is not a very viable choice while using the existing freeway bypass system.
4. More building sized multi-level parkings.
Bringing in multi-level parkings ensure lesser immobile vehicles on the streets and hence a larger available area for all those things that could use all that remaining space; like walking, biking and ‘street fooding’. Most of our airport parkings and parking for malls use this system, but we need to encourage such parking systems on a block basis within a region of a city. This will ensure a large scale de-cluttering of our streets.
5. 5 times more Dustbins than present.
This image above is a result of lack of the simplest of infrastructure in India. The public in our country has almost forgotten that cleanliness is not a factor for growth and prosperity. The lower class believes that cleanliness is the end-result of a prosperous nation instead of believing – cleanliness is a precursor to a prosperous nation. If we have 10 dustbins in each block of a city today, we’re going to need an unmissable 50 of those scattered in the same area.
6. Uninterrupted mass public transport system for tier I and tier II cities.
A massive bus system of a majorly busy city is pretty much limited to the amount of traffic it needs to wade through. A pre-decided distance of 20 kms could be covered in anywhere between 1 hour to 3 hours depending on the time and traffic on the road. What we need is an uninterrupted transit system whose ‘estimated time of arrivals and departures’ from region to region do not conflict with conditions like traffic and time of the day. Such transit system can be achieved by introducing Monorails and underground or overhead Metros that connect major parts of the cities and most importantly their suburbs. Delhi has done it, Mumbai is doing it, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Indore, Kolkata, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Jaipur should come up with blue prints.
7. A footpath to be used for what it’s meant.
This is perhaps the most serious issue in our streets today. The Public works departments plans out pedestrian walkways only to be encroached by hawkers and vendors who create a very haphazard environment for pedestrians. At certain times when the a crowd using such paths becomes a hoard, people begin to ‘spill ‘ out into the streets due to blockages created by the hawkers who use the footpaths to sell petty items and earn their daily bread in-turn becoming major causes of violent Vehicle-Pedestrian interactions daily.
8. Airport standard railways stations of major cities and junctions along the network.
India is home to the largest railway network in the world, and incidentally also the most unhygienic. If the same public uses Airports, why can’t India invest in a major up-keeping of the platforms and cabins of the railway stations for the use by the same people? Railways transport 10 times more people from different places than the Airways, and this reason becomes strong enough to finally have the Indian Railways on a overhaul for good.
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